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The landlord’s son in whose care the collapsed three–storey building was entrusted said that he gave the occupants of the building quit notice when he discovered the visible stress on it.
The caretaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told emergency responders and newsmen on Monday in Lagos that he was living in the building with other occupants when he noticed signs of distress.
I had to leave the building and rented an apartment in the same vicinity,” the caretaker said.
He said that notice of evacuation was eventually handed down to the occupants which they failed to adhere to.
He said that he had not collected rental fees from the tenants for a long time since he had expected them to park out.
The caretaker said building collapsed on Sunday night killing 8 occupants while 23 of them were rescued alive.
Emergency workers have been working round the clock to get to ground zero of the building.
The death toll at the collapsed Ebute-Meta three-storey building had risen to eight.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Southwest Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said on Monday in Lagos.
Earlier eight dead persons include five males and three females were recovered.
The old three-Storey building collapsed at N0 24 Ibadan Street, off Herbert Macaulay Way, Ebute-Meta on Sunday night at about 10.56 p.m.
Africa Daily News, New York